This weekend my wife and I were going to stay home and rest. We have going pretty non-stop over the past few weeks and thought we should just take it easy. That didn’t happen. Instead we spent most of the weekend exploring in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. There are a lot of things to get into in, but here is my list of 10 awesome things to do in Murfreesboro.
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10 Awsome Things to do in Murfreesboro
Discovery Center at Murfree Springs
The Discovery Center is a science museum located in Murfreesboro. The center features permanent exhibits like a scale model train depot, a vintage 1954 fire truck, a huge indoor slide, and Water Works! There are also traveling exhibits that visit the Center such as Dinosaurs: The Land of Fire and Ice.
They have events for adults at the museum as well. In March 2016 they hosted the 3rd annual Wine at the Wetlands. This event featured wines, whiskies, and local foods. In September 2016 they will be hosting Full Moonshine Mixology. This event will explore the science behind distillation and the chemistry involved in drinks. The facility is available for birthday and other private rentals and is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.
Be sure to take a walk outside during your visit. The Discovery Center is located right next to the Murfree Springs Wetlands. This 25 acre city park has a walking trail and board walks where you can see lots of wildlife!
Cannonsburgh Village is a reconstruction of a 1830’s – 1930’s southern village. It features around 20 historic buildings such as a gristmill, blacksmith shop, and a school house. Cannonsburgh was the original name for Murfreesboro and this village provides a look into the early days of this now thriving city.
Since 1989, the village has hosted Uncle Dave Macon Days. This bluegrass festival hosts amazing artists each year. In 2016, the festival (unofficially as of now) set the world record for the most people square dancing at one time!
You can take a free self-guided tour, or for a small fee you can have a guided tour. The grounds are available for private rental. There is a visitor center with gifts, drinks and snacks available for purchase. Be sure to see the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket while you are there!
Between the Stones River Trail and the Lytle Creek Trail, Murfreesboro has over 12 miles of greenway. The Murfreesboro Greenway System has 11 trail heads and runs from Thompson lane all the way to Barfield Crescent Park along the Stones River. This trail is perfect for walking, jogging, or biking. The trails also have canoe access to the river at some of the trail heads!
The Greenway System hosts occasional community events.From basics of biking classes to art festivals, there are a lot of things that will keep you busy!
Stones River National Battleground
In 1862, one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War occurred in Murfreesboro. Stones River National Battlefield was set aside to memorialize this pivotal battle and the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives here. The park is home to a National Cemetery where over 6000 soldiers have been laid to rest. The park is over 500 acres and houses a museum, hosts events, and has hiking and biking trails. This park has something for everyone from the history buff, to the outdoors enthusiast.
Barfield Crescent Park
Barfield Crescent Park is an amazing community park located in south Murfreesboro. At 430 acres, this city park has just about everything you can think of. It features over 7 miles of paved and unpaved trails for hiking, 18 hole championship disc golf course, picnic shelters for just about any sized group, baseball and softball complex, and camp sites. The hiking trail takes you by the Stones River, along a rocky path, and back around to the wilderness station. This is one of my favorite parks in the area.
Oaklands Mansion was built in 1815 and added on to until the civil war. It started on 274 acres and grew to a 1500 acre plantation. The abolition of slavery caused financial hardship for the owners of the plantation and eventually led to the selling of the land and ultimately the entire estate. The home remained occupied until the 1950’s when it was left vacant. Restoration of the home began in 1959 and the museum opened to the public in 1962.
Today Oaklands sees thousands of visitors each year. The vistor center is based on a 19th century carriage house and is home to special events and a gift shop featuring local artists and authors. Along with regular guided tours, the museum occasionally hosts special events like Oktoberfest, Flashlight Night, and an Annual Christmas Gala. This place is definitely worth the visit.
The Green Dragon
One of my personal favorite things to do in Murfreesboro is visit the Green Dragon. This literary themed family pub serves great soups and sandwiches as well as craft beer. There is nothing typical about this bar. Designed to honor the works of J.R.R. Tolkein makes this unique pub a must visit. Middle Earth dress is welcome and encouraged, and children are have their own hobbit bar.
The pub is more than just a gimmick though. The food is excellent. They have 16 taps that are constantly rotating the finest craft beers. Stop in and have a drink!
Five Senses Restaurant and Bar is one of my favorite places to eat. It brings a fresh, healthy, and local approach to Murfreesboro dining. Offering the highest quality food and drinks, Five Senses evolved from the thought that cooking was the only art that requires the use of all five senses. We offer only the highest quality of food, drink and service. Five Senses also provides catering services for everything from small dinners to large parties. They serve fresh seafood, local meats and produce and seasonal menus. The dinner, cocktail and wine menus change four times a year. They get many of their ingredients from local farms too!
Batey Farms is located in northwest Murfreesboro. It is an 8th generation family owned and operated hog, row crop, and hay farm. Producing food for Murfreesboro and beyond since 1807, Batey Farms has grown into a community staple. Along with locally raised meat, you can get homemade ice cream in their retail store, pick fresh berries, visit their sunflower fields, or check out their corn maze and pumpkins all depending on what is in season.
Another of my favorite things to do in Murfreesboro is visit Flashback Arcade. This arcade has over 70 arcade games that range from the 1970’s to the 2000’s. A family friendly entertainment environment that is affordable, yes please! 10$ per person allows you to play as much as you want. Thursdays is $8 per person for college students with college ID.
Bonus Things to do in Murfreesboro!
Go USA Fun Park – Go Carts and Mini Golf
Slick Pig – BBQ, Delicious BBQ
Tempt – Night Club
Boro Bar and Grill – Bar and Grill with Live Music
Liquid Smoke – Beer, Cigars, and Hookah
MTSU Sports – College Athletics
Toots – Wings and Such
MOAB – Bicycle Shop
Enchanted Planet – Hippie Stuff
Jump Street– Indoor Trampoline Madness
There are so many things to do in Murfreesboro, it is hard to narrow the list down. What did we miss? Tell us in the comments. Consider subscribing to our blog so you don’t miss any new posts!